Azure Cost Management and Billing 2021 year in review

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Written by Michael Flanakin, Program Manager, Azure Cost Management


We started 2021 with great hopes of putting the global pandemic behind us. While it's happening much slower than any of us may have wanted, we're getting there. Yet, while we evolve and learn new ways to work, the need to manage and reduce cost continues to grow. With that in mind, 2021 was more focused on platform capabilities in Azure Cost Management and Billing and the underlying commerce platform at Microsoft. You saw many improvements, but there are even more changes behind the scenes that are extending the foundation for many great things to come.


Streamlined management behind a single pane of glass

While 2019 laid the foundation for Azure Cost Management and Billing, 2020 closed gaps and expanded management capabilities. 2021 took that even further.


Azure Government had an exciting year with the general availability of Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) subscriptions in Azure Cost Management and support for cost allocation in February, management group cost exports in May, and the general availability of Azure Government Top Secret in August.


Billing account and subscription management got easier with classic PAYG and direct Enterprise Agreement (EA) management being fully available from the Azure portal. For EA billing admins, this also comes with new capabilities like visibility into your Microsoft Azure Consumption Commitment (MACC), reservations, and invoices. If you manage a direct EA account, you should be working exclusively in the Azure portal.


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